Grants related to the building of more democratic, inclusive, participatory societies, including efforts around movement building, elections, and civil society development. Democracy-building aims to support more accountable and transparent institutions.

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$26.7 Million
out of $328.2 Million
for all peace and security

Median Grant Size: $41,350

Top Funders

National Endowment for Democracy
$15.5 M
Foundation to Promote Open Society
$3.1 M
Ford Foundation
$1.5 M
Oak Foundation
$1.3 M
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
$1.0 M
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
$500.0 K
$461.2 K
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
$410.0 K
Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Inc.
$385.0 K
Humanity United
$250.0 K
William Davidson Foundation
$250.0 K
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
$200.0 K
Compton Foundation, Inc.
$200.0 K
Trag Fondacija
$194.3 K
American Jewish World Service
$159.0 K
Peace Direct
$122.5 K
The Sigrid Rausing Trust
$114.7 K
The Charitable Foundation
$105.2 K
GHR Foundation
$99.3 K
Walter and Elise Haas Fund
$95.0 K
Boston Foundation Inc
$85.0 K
Flora Family Foundation
$80.0 K
Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH
$77.1 K
Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust
$60.6 K
The Russell Berrie Foundation
$55.0 K

Starting in 2014, the Open Society Foundations’ grants data is reported by and attributed to the individual legal entities that constitute the Foundations. Prior to 2014, grantmaking from these funders are collectively attributed to ‘Open Society Foundations’.

Regional Focus

Strategy Focus

Funding for General Support

6% $1,468,184 12 Grants = 4%

Sample Grants

  • Urgent Action Fund - Africa
    awarded a grant for $5,359 to West Africa Network for Peacebuilding

    To urgently advocate for the representation and participation of women in the Independent Electoral Commission that was set for reform, a critical step toward ensuring peaceful and fair elections in 2015 and averting the risk of further political violence of which women bear the brunt.

  • National Endowment for Democracy
    awarded a grant for $49,000 to Youth Initiative for Human Rights (YIHR)

    To continue fostering the participation of youth in the process of Serbia's democratic transition. Through 20 workshops, trainings, and public events, YIHR will strengthen the leadership and civic skills of up to 500 young leaders and activists to advocate for democratic values, human rights, and transitional-justice through four national awareness-raising campaigns.

  • King Baudouin Foundation United States, Inc.
    awarded a grant for $505,032 to Center for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies

    To fund a project promoting democracy and human rights in Egypt by providing training in non-violent activism.